"The shad-bush in blossom is the first to show like a fruit tree, -like a pale peach- on the hillside, seen afar amid gray twigs, amid leafless shrub oaks, etc., before even its own leaves are much expanded," Thoreau wrote on May 10th, 1854 from Concord, Mass. He goes on..."I see where the farmer mending his fence has just cut one to make part of the fence, and it is stretched out horizontally, a mass of white bloom."
Every spring I photograph this shadbush, or serviceberry. This medicinal tree is the first to illuminate the landscape in full glory. The contrast of its creamy white buds against the variations of spring greens, reds and yellows creates a palette so reminiscent of the early 19th Century. On yesterday's walk, I found the tree above in near bloom and discovered its many beautiful colors and delicate leaf shape against a white sky. Shadbush near.. and far.